Friday, November 17, 2006

I Was Attacked by the Copy Machine

This is a scenario I am sure everyone can relate to...
I am walking through the work room, during a break betweeen classes, and I see a parent helper struggling with the infamous copy machine. But it is not the usual evil machine choking on random bits of paper that sends me on search and remove mission. Today I walk in and this poor mom is trying to refill the toner with a giant Nalgene looking bottle... Really it looks like she has jammed a Rubbermaid container into the machine and it is completely stuck. So always wanting to learn something new, I join in to lend a hand.

The machine: which is obviously posessed by a small demon of some sort is demanding we take the bottle out of the machine... but it wont let go, so we are trying everything to make it release the toner... In the process we are sending off clouds of powdered toner in every direction... I feel like Mr. Wizzard on a bad day. So I think, hey I have tools for this... I head to my room and retrieve a mini vacuum and can of compressed air. Soon the cloud has consumed the room and the copy machine is completely covered in a this ash like film. Great, plan B... Out with the mini vacuum.

Now I have never used this thing and assume it will do something to remove the toner... Soon I am vacuuming away and making minimal progress, but progress none the less... Only later do I see the error of my way, as the vacuum was not connected to a bag of any sort, and had been sucking the black soot through and pumping it right at me... I did not realize this until some time later when i noticed I was covered from head to toe in black powder.. With a good amount on my nose and face...

We finally got the thing to let go and sent one final cloud into the air, before giving up completely and acting like we had no idea what happened...
Good times...

1 comment:

Mama Burns said...

I've had a few bad turns with copier toner myself...but you get extra stars for creativity!